My wonderfully brave character, a woman in her mid-30's, was denied an experience she really wanted. I mean, really, really wanted. In fact, the very thought got her excited. Yeah, that kind of excited. For two weeks, she waits. Hoping. Wishing. Praying. But it seems her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity isn't boomeranging back like she thought. She has to make a terrible choice. Terrible, because once she makes it, turning back becomes more difficult. And she's hesitant to close that door. Why? Because she, like Einstein, doesn't believe in coincidence. Still, the loss is eating her alive. She must push on or go mad with longing, even if she fears that things may get a bit complicated as a result. Just as she starts a new relationship, her lost opportunity knocks on the door again. Does she go after that deliciously tempting experience? Or, does she continue building a new relationship with someone who smiles with his eyes? Tall and lean with tousled dirty-blonde hair, Bradley Cooper-eyes, an impossibly perpetual five o'clock shadow, plays bass-guitar, loves to cook, drinks whiskey neat...her new guy is kind of dreamy. Meanwhile, her lost opportunity has a change of heart, but is it too late? How can she trust him now? And why would she give up her new hottie for someone who has proven himself to be unreliable?
Talk about experience! My protagonist gets to live every woman's dream--having two gorgeous men want her at the same time. Her first, wild and unpredictable--and A-MAZING in bed--is full of surprises (and energy). They have a pre-existing friendship that threatens her new relationship. On the other end, her new lover is gentle and kind, but she can't read him as easily. And that makes her uncomfortable because she senses a dark-side...one that scares her. Both are ten years her junior. Which one will she choose? Her wild-child--the former pro-athlete who loved her from afar since he was 16??? Great abs, better imagination and a good heart, even if he messes up once in a while. Or, the sensitive musician with a conscientious soul? Does a killer pie crust and poetry add up to her future happiness?
No matter who my girl chooses, she is living her best life. She's not afraid to challenge social boundaries anymore. Despite a deep sadness from loss, she moves her life forward. And because she's willing to do that, the wonderful can happen. Rihanna's song, "Right Now", kind of encapsulates the feeling my character has as she weighs her two handsome options:
"Tomorrow's way too far away, and we can't get back yesterday...so get up...cause all we've got is right now."
And if you can't stand to wait for the book to hit shelves next year, just remember:
Love always wins...no matter what. ;)